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Meet Phineas

New churches in new places mean more opportunities for people to hear the good news that they matter to God. Each new church provides the opportunity for more people to encounter Jesus and grow in their relationship with him. In 2019, SLO City Church launched in San Luis Obispo, CA

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Meet John

We often say that we plant churches because people matter to God. God cares deeply for each individual on this planet. He created them. He loves them. He knows their stories and their struggles. He longs for them to know him. Through the work of Jesus, he makes a way

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Meet Xochitl

A move to a new city, grief over a miscarriage, and struggles with infertility and adoption left Xochitl feeling isolated and alone. Frustrated dreams brought her to a dark place for months, where she felt discouraged and alone. She struggled to get outside. Xochitl decided that it would be good

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2017 Year in Review

Throughout the year, we've listened to and shared stories of individuals from our church plants. Each person has a unique path to come back to God or a new openness to following Jesus. From heartbreak to infertility, from discovering that success is illusory or needing a community where diversity is

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Meet Lauren and Robby

“Chicago is such a diverse city, but we went to so many churches where it was all white or all black. We loved seeing the mix of people at Renewal.” Two years ago, Lauren and Robby were dating and searching for a church where they both felt welcomed. Lauren heard

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Expanding the Impact

From Brent Storms, President and CEO As we find ourselves between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I’m feeling both a deep sense of gratitude and a great anticipation of what is to come. I’m grateful for the ways God has allowed our ministry to reach tens of thousands of people

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Meet Josephine

Josephine grew up in a Christian home. As she attended college, she increasingly felt the tension of living between eastern and western cultures. She saw her peers leaving the church and began to view the church as unenlightened and oppressive. So Josephine threw herself into the world of startups. They

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Meet Mandy

People in cities like New York, San Francisco, Miami, Cape Town, and Osaka are finding and growing closer to God through churches started by Orchard Group. As city populations surge, let’s make sure that churches are growing where people are going! #PeopleMatterToGod

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Meet Dylan

“When I moved to California, I wanted to find a church. So I did what any millennial would do. I googled ‘church’.” Meet Dylan from Redemption Church in San Francisco. Dylan lived in various West Coast cities and in Japan. Church involvement was always a priority, but over a period

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Meet Maricella

"My name is Maricella. I believe that Jesus is the Christ and he has saved my life." Hear Maricella tell her story of faith, forgiveness, and the power of perfect love.  Maricella was baptized at Mission Church in Ventura, CA.

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Meet Will

Will was connected to Renewal Church before it even started. He had played football in college with Derrick Puckett, the lead planter. Will and his wife had been looking for a place for their family to attend. When Derrick articulated his vision for Renewal, Will wanted to get involved. It

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Meet Jema

“Walking into a church again was uncomfortable.” Meet Jema from Renaissance Church in NYC. Jema appeared to have it all: great friends and family, a good job in a world-class city. She did everything she could to feel complete and happy, yet something was missing. Jema admits that she had